The energy of this family is calming to be around. They are so gracious and understanding. They love each other so deeply. There is a softness about them that I can appreciate because I have some of that in me too. At the same time there is so much laughter. Dad’s sense of humor brings out the best smiles in all of them. He keeps is really light and fun, which I appreciated so much. I always love our sessions, (and it’s really hard for me not to touch Ty’s gorgeous hair), it’s the best! We used a mixture of digital and film at the beautiful Carmelite Monastery in Santa Clara. Take a peek. xo
I’ve been dying to get this family in front of my camera since their third baby was born! Oh, baby Reece is such a sweetheart, and a beautiful addition to their family. I’m so glad she’s here now and she let us doll her up with a special flower crown made by the talented, Brendy Frampton. We had lots of laughs together over the course of the session, because as usual, nothing is ever perfect, and sometimes the kids are done before we start. I totally get that. Such troopers, those handsome boys. And I know they won’t regret it, or hold mom accountable once they see how absolutely adorable they were! I can barely stand it. This family could be in a magazine. Their shoot was so light and airy, just like summer feels right now. I loved it! Thank you Moseley’s for asking me to photograph you! xo
*(the first set of images are film).
With so much going on these days it’s getting harder to post on the blog. I have so many sessions from last fall that I want to share too! It’ll happen soon enough (i hope). We had such a darling set of clients come out to participate in the Spring Mini Sessions this year, I had to share. I was loving the vibe, and the look. Brendy Frampton was an amazing sidekick for this event. She took everything up a notch. I loved having her light spirit with me the whole day, and all the detail she brought. I will definitely coordinate our fall minis with her too so be on the look out for that after summer. She’s a talent. She made the flower crowns with flowers from Petite Petal Co. She made the feather crowns for the boys, the donut cake and donut pops, the fairy wands, and brought juice for kids, and La Croix water for us adults. She’s so thoughtful and loving.
My vision was to use a studio, with that romantic window light flooding in, with a teepee and flowers garland draped over it. Pretty simple, but aslo so pretty and sweet. I ordered the garland from Seascape Flowers. They were awesome to work with as well. If you’re in Aptos hanging near Seascape Resort, you must stop in to her sweet little shop! I’m so happy and grateful that this all came together. I had such fun with these spring chickens. Thanks to all who joined us! Enjoy a little peek into our day! xo
This beach. It’s saved my state of mind many a day of feeling bogged down by the monotony of life. How many days this beach has held me and warmed my skin when I needed it and refreshed my mind. Just a short, windy drive through redwood trees to the coast, and 25 minutes later, we arrive at 20th street beach. The air is a little cooler, and smells of salt water. We can see to infinity as we peek out through the trees and trek down the road to the beach. This beach. Brad brought me here in the beginning and set up a beach bonfires for us. We sat in the night, listening to waves, looking up to the stars, talking about…. everything. Now we bring our babies here. And now they get to let the ocean pull everything weighing them down out of them too, so we can all start fresh. Many times I bring my film cameras down here and take my frustrations out shooting. I don’t believe in myself enough. Sometimes I need to go there, in a mad and determined way, and say to myself “I can DO this!” to get motivated to try and possibly fail. Funny that we are all so afraid of failure, when it’s a teacher and path toward success, and in the process makes us so much more real. It’s just that ego that wants to get it right the 1st time, I guess.
Ava turned 8 on April 26th, so photographing her as she is now was my main goal. Nathan is 4 and I hadn’t shot him after his January Bday yet either, so here I am, once again practicing with medium format and 35 mm film on them. I want to shoot more film, but I still have fear to work through and many mistakes to make. My D700 feels like my 2nd right hand. I know it by heart and I know how to make magic with it. I need to remind myself that I got there and continue to get better because I’m practicing. So I’ll keep practicing. Both.
There’s just something about film though. It has an authenticity that really speaks to me. So glad it’s still here for us.
*If you want to shoot film at your session, just say the word and we can play with it too.
You forget how tiny they are. Their little bodies melt into you. As I walked in the door, daddy handed baby to me. “Do you want to hold him?” Oh, the luxury of holding a newborn in my arms. I just love how it feels. I told them I can appreciate so much more the sweetness of this stage when it’s not my baby. I was too sleep deprived and anxious the first time around. I think that’s why it’s become easy for me to comfort newborns…. I have the skills left over from having my own, but the ones I’m soothing now I haven’t used all my energy on. I’m not trying to balance equal attention between kids, plus a photography job, and mommy work on top of it all. So, I have so much patience and time to relish in the moment. I love that. It’s amazing. Hats off to this mama who is gracefully learning how to juggle two babes now. She is a light and a love. She truly appreciates the art of photography, and after receiving her images wrote to me saying:
“Cassie, I am speechless over these pictures! I literally have tears in my eyes. You are such a talent and I’m beyond grateful to have found you. I love them, they mean the world to me.”
It’s official, spring is here and I am so filled up & inspired! It’s like nature pressed the “refresh” button. All is so green, and the lighter evenings let us stay out and play in the glowing light. Everything is waking up again, including myself. My clients are calling and we’re setting up sessions to mark the time again. It really goes so fast. Gavin turned 2 on March 12th. He is one of the most beautiful boys I’ve met. He was reserved and shy with me this time, but I have a big heart and a lot of space for that. Daddy brought out that smile that he shared with us among the peach blossoms in Saratoga. Thank goodness for Daddies.
Happy Spring! Let’s get YOUR session booked too. It’s too beautiful out not too! xo
The peacefulness in the home really shows for me in these photos. I fell in love with the bright light and the character of their home immediately. All the little detail inside reminded me of the home I grew up in in Massachusetts. Mom and Dad were so calm as new parents–I was in awe of them. I love that smile on mama. So in love already. I shot a combination of film and digital images. So glad to meet this super sweet family. I’m excited to share these with them. xo
There is no way to fully describe how happy I am for this sweet couple. Dear to my heart. My little sister and her hubby. They’re adding to the family tree and they are truly amazing people (in my humble opinion , of course). This babe is so lucky to get them for parents. I can’t wait to meet him and tell him so. To share the journey of motherhood with Mina will also be a gift. We share so much already, our view of this life we live, and who we live it with. We have the same sentiment, and aching for love, kind of heart. We know each others truths because we were raised together. And we are like minded. She knows me inside and loves me always. Those are the kinds of relationships I want in my life and to have it with a sister is rare. Even though there are endless cards, and quotes, and trinkets to message us that that’s how it “should be” with your sister, I wonder how many of us actually feel that way. We don’t get to chose our family, but we love them in a special way because they are family. I get to love her both ways.
*Images shot at high noon with Kodak Portra 400 on a Mamiya645.—which goes to show, like I always say, there is no perfect time of day to shoot, just perfect moments to capture.
He came over to visit us again and we got lost in his eyes as he smiled and cooed. To watch him grow and change is pretty miraculous. The joy that overcomes your insides when a baby smiles back at you… It feels like the ultimate connection. There is nothing but love and trust in their eyes. No matter how old we get, I believe we still have that little piece of pureness inside of us. My life goal is to connect to that place inside of me as much as I possibly can before I possibly can’t anymore. Thomas Merton speaks this sentiment so beautifully. Can you imagine?
“Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed. . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.”
Look for the secret beauty. First in you. Then it will be easier to see it in others. Strange how hard the practice is to let go of all that shame and self-criticism, all the lies we tell ourselves, or have been told. Maybe they aren’t true and you have a secret beauty that you locked up and forgot about too.